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7 articles to read this week

Some interesting reads I came across this week:  

An open letter to Social Media.  Many brands and people were ignorant of social media marketing for years before it became to take shape and become mainstream.  Now everyone owns the same creative publishing tools; the challenge today is distinguishing your work from the rest.  

Social Networks are suffocating the Internet as we know it.  Ryan Holmes of Hootsuite examines the paradox of an open web, specifically how all social media platforms are taking control of access to their networks in their quest to become larger, ad-selling media companies.

Heading Home: Michael Pollan and Fritz Haeg on Reviving Domesticity. Artists Pollan and Haeg talk about the creative benefits of remaining ignorant, or at least acting such.   

Here’s How Maria Popova of Brain Pickings Writes.  One of my favorite bloggers offers some tips on working as a writer/collector. 

Is New York Only for the Successful?  New York, only if we could all afford to live there. 

Is VSCO Cam the next Instagram?  I don’t think so.  VSCO is more about photography than socializing.  VSCO will make money other ways.

‘Like’ This Article Online? Your Friends Will Probably Approve, Too, Scientists Say.  Mimetic desire, herd mentality, call it whatever you want.  Fact is, you evaluate something based on it’s popularity rather than it’s quality.  Does anyone actually like Justin Bieber?

Bonus (non-article):  

One Second on the Internet.  We produce heaps of information every second of the day, and this even before we send emails.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of four books.

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